Remarks by the President at a Campaign Event
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THE WHITE HOUSEOffice of the Press Secretary_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________For Immediate Release July 5, 2012 REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENTAT A CAMPAIGN EVENT Wolcott House Museum ComplexMaumee, Ohio 12:00 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Hey! (Applause.) Hello, Ohio! (Applause.) Hello! It is good to be back in Ohio. All right. Well, everybodywho’s got a chair, feel free to sit down. Just go ahead and relax. I know it’s a little warm out here, but this is how summer issupposed to feel like. A couple of people I want to acknowledge. First of all, please give Ina a big round of applause for the great introduction. We’re proud of her. (Applause.) I am so pleased to see once again the outstanding Mayor of Maumee, Tim Wagener. (Applause.) Therehe is. One of the best Senators in the country -- your Senator, Sherrod Brown. (Applause.) One of your outstanding members of thecongressional delegation -- Marcy Kaptur is here. And your former governor and my campaign co-chair -- Ted Strickland is in thehouse. (Applause.) AUDIENCE MEMBER: We love you! THE PRESIDENT: I love you! It’s great to see you. (Applause.) I hope everybody had a wonderful Fourth of July. (Applause.) We invited some people over for a barbecue -- (laughter) -- had a chance to say thank you to our incredible men and women in uniform. (Applause.) And we’re so proud of them. And then it was Malia’s birthday yesterday. (Applause.) She’s 14 years old -- I know, ithappens too fast. (Laughter.) Don’t even remind me. She’s going into high school next year. Which means that she’s -- see, when shewas small I could say, all these fireworks I had arranged for her birthday. (Laughter.) But she doesn’t believe me anymore. (Laughter.) Now, unless you have been hiding out in the woods somewhere, you are aware of the fact that it’s campaign season. AUDIENCE MEMBER: We’re fired up and ready to go! THE PRESIDENT: You’re fired up! (Applause.) It’s campaign season again. Look, I understand it’s not always pretty to watch. There has been more money flooding into thesystem than we’ve ever seen before. More negative ads, more cynicism. Most of what you read about or hear about on the news has to dowith who is up or down in the polls, instead of what these issues actually mean for you and for America. So it can be frustrating. And I know sometimes it may be tempting to kind of turn away from all of it, and just turn off the TV, TiVo everything that youwant to watch so you can skip over the commercials. It’s easy sometimes, I think, to lose interest and lose heart when you hear what’sgoing on in Washington. And I’ll be honest with you -- I think there are some folks who are betting that you will lose interest, thatare betting that somehow you’re going to lose heart. But here you are in the heat. (Applause.) I’m betting you’re not going to loseinterest. AUDIENCE: No! THE PRESIDENT: I’m betting you’re not going to lose heart. AUDIENCE: No! THE PRESIDENT: I still believe in you. I’m betting on you. And the country is betting on you, Ohio. (Applause.) Because youunderstand that, even though politics may seem real small right now and may seem real petty, the choice in this election could not beclearer. And it could not be bigger -- the stakes could not be bigger. AUDIENCE MEMBER: You can do it! THE PRESIDENT: I know -- with you. (Applause.) What’s going on in this election is bigger than just a choice between two candidates or between two parties. It’s about twofundamentally different visions of where we go as a country. See, I believe in an America where no matter who you are, no matter what you look like, no matter where you come from, you canmake it if you try. (Applause.) We’ve never been a country that -- we've never been a country looking for handouts. We’re a nation of strivers and risk-takersand entrepreneurs, workers. (Applause.) But what we ask for is that hard work pays off, that responsibility is rewarded. The idea isif you take responsibility for your life, if you put in the effort, if you do the responsible thing, then you can find a job that paysa living wage, that you can look after your family, that you can buy a home, that you can retire with some dignity and some respect,that you won't go bankrupt when you get sick -- (applause) -- that you have that core, middle-class security that built this country,and that you can pass that on to your kids so they can do things that you never even imagined. That's the essence of America.
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